Do I need to know how to draw to take this course?
Not at all!
I'm going to show you easy ways to get over your fear of the blank page, and how to add some colour, marks, and words in ways that will excite you to keep trying new things.
You're welcome to join whether you consider yourself an artist or think that you don't have a creative bone in your body.
Bring your curiosity and interest - these will take you far! You'll learn how to use simple supplies in ways that work best for your visual journaling practice.
How long will I have access to the course?
You'll have access for one year so you have plenty of time to go through it as often you'd like.
After all of the content is initially shared weekly, you can revisit any part of the course in any order that you wish.
Why can't I access all the content at once?
Because I want to encourage you to take your time with it. I want you to have the space to dream and to integrate what you're learning.
I've created space in this course so that you don't feel rushed to do everything all at once.
Instead, you can focus on taking the time you want and need to play and have fun with your visual journal.
How much time should I dedicate to this course?
That's totally up to you!
The lectures within a section can be watched/read/listened to in approx. 10 minutes or less.
You can choose to work/play in your visual journal for only a few minutes to as much as a few hours.
You'll find examples throughout the course material where powerful shifts have occurred in a short period of time. Sometimes as short as two minutes!
It's been my experience that longer visual journaling sessions occur because you're thoroughly enjoying your creative process and you don't want to stop making fun messes!
What supplies do I need?
I'm all for keeping it simple, so at the very least, you'll need:
- Something to write/doodle/draw/paint with
- Something to write/doodle/draw/paint on
However, you'll find a downloadable supply list in the course material that includes some of my favourite art supplies. Many of which you probably already have access to!
There's also a video showing you some of my favourite journals that I like to use.
Are there chances to work directly with the instructor and create in community with other people?
A few times a year, enrolled students will be invited by email to attend a visual journaling session hosted on Zoom with me, Olwen Wilson.
Generally, these live (but virtual) gatherings happen in February, June, and October. They'll be held on a North American weekend, and vary in time to help include participants who live in different time zones.
Exact dates and times will be announced to students 2 - 3 weeks in advance.
It's a great opportunity to bring your questions and/or to simply have some supportive company while we make fun messes together!
These sessions are completely optional but you'll only receive their benefits if you attend live.
Can I sign my child up for this workshop? It sounds like a fun activity for us to do together.
This course is intended for adults.
I welcome people to bring their messy selves to this practice, and having children present when we connect on Zoom (see above FAQ) might make some people uncomfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings. Plus, this is your chance to focus on YOU!
Visual journaling is absolutely beneficial for children and I love seeing kids be creative. I loved art and drawing when I was a kid too, and I fully support my son in all of his artistic interests. But this course isn’t geared towards children.
And I can share that many people who have taken this course find that it naturally helping them deal with the stress of these uncertain times which in turn also helps their kids.
Can I take the material in this course and share it with a group of my friends? Will I be able to create my own course or workshop?
No. Nope. Nuh-uh.
The information and material in this course are for the enrolled student's personal use.
It's not to be sold or shared by anyone other than me, Olwen Wilson.
I'd be happy to have a conversation with you about hiring me to facilitate a tailored workshop for your people. Click here to contact me so that we can discuss it further.
I have more questions before I join, who can I ask?
Click here to contact me, Olwen Wilson, directly.
I'll be happy to answer any questions to make sure this is the right fit for you.